Meth explosion sends 11-year-old boy to the hospital


Decatur - Police arrest two for making meth, causing an explosion that sent an 11-year-old boy to the hospital.




According to a police sworn statement, Taylor Potter, 33, and Rachel Starr-Hollgarth,38, were making meth in the laundry room of their home, in the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue.




During the process an explosion occurred, causing the boy to receive 2nd degree burns to his legs and his left arm. Potter used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. The boy was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital for his injuries, he was later transported by helicopter to St. Louis Children's Hospital.




Potter told police he has been manufacturing meth in the home for several months. He also advised he allows others to come into his home to make meth.




Hollgarth admitted to police she was aware that Potter has been making meth in the home. She estimated that the children were present approximately 20 times during the process.




Hollgarth also stated she usually sends the children to their rooms to protect them.




Potter and Hollgarth are both being held in the Macon County jail on a $500,000 bond for aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth related child endangerment. They are to appear in court on March 14th, for arraignment.   

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